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Twardowski Career Development Center

Skills Employers Want & Word List

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Twardowski Career Development Center

Address:
225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2501
General: cdc@wcupa.edu
Employers: recruit@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.


Drop-In Hours (no appointment needed):
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm


About The Center & Staff Directory

Skills Employers Want & Word Lists

To demonstrate your skills to employers, it is important to use strong action verbs throughout your resume. When describing your experiences, start each phrase with a different action verb. Review our list of action verbs and associated skills to help you write strong accomplishment-focused statements.

List of Action Verbs

Skills Employers Want

Each year the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) releases an updated list of what employers are looking for from current students and recent grads. The chart below is adapted from Job Outlook 2018 with the permission of NACE, copyright holder, and shows the attributes employers seek most on a candidate's resume (including all majors and industries).

Problem-Solving Skills

82.90%

Ability to Work in a Team

82.90%

Communication Skills (Written)

80.3%

Leadership

72.6%

Strong Work Ethic

68.4%

Analytical/Quantitative Skills

67.5%

Communication Skills (Verbal)

67.5%

Initiative

67.5%

Detail-Oriented

64.1%

Flexibility/Adaptability

60.7%

Technical Skills

59.8%

Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)

54.7%

Computer Skills

48.7%

Organizational Ability

48.7%

Strategic Planning Skills

39.3%

Creativity

29.1%

Friendly/Outgoing Personality

27.4%

Tactfulness

22.2%

Entrepreneurial Skills/Risk-Taker

19.7%

Fluency in a Foreign Language

4.3%
 

Learn More about Resumes and Cover Letters

Career Readiness Skills

Employers seek certain skills when hiring for internships and jobs - skills that make you "Career Ready ". Check out these short videos to learn more about Communication, Professionalism, Teamwork & Collaboration, and more! 

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